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George Bernard ShawAll great truths begin as blasphemies.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

John DrydenA man is to be cheated into passion, but to be reasoned into truth.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Blaise PascalFaith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

René DescartesIf you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliTime is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Georg Christoph LichtenbergIt is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Emile M. CioranIf truth were not boring, science would have done away with God long ago. But God as well as the saints is a means to escape the dull banality of truth.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Joseph RouxPoetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Arthur SchopenhauerAll truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe truth can wait, for she lives a long life.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ayn RandIf the truth shall kill them, let them die.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Oscar WildeThe pure and simple Truth is rarely pure, and never simple.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eugene IonescoI've always been suspicious of collective truths.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Somerset MaughamThe fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Oscar WildeTruth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Jean-Paul SartreLike all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheIt is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheWe have art in order not to die of the truth.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheFaith: not wanting to know what the truth is.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Albert EinsteinUnthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Blaise PascalOnce your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

John KennedyThe goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Charles Caleb ColtonThe greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Albert CamusAlways go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Francis Bacon“What is truth?” said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

VoltaireThere are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

G. K. ChestertonBriefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Sigmund FreudFrom error to error one discovers the entire truth.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jean CocteauTruth is too naked. It does not stimulate men.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

André GideBelieve those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

André GideThe color of truth is gray.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Walt WhitmanWhatever satisfies the soul is truth.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Jean Jacques RousseauThe truth brings no man a fortune.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Margaret ThatcherOf course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Georg Christoph LichtenbergEven truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Bible Quotes

Gospel of JohnYou will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

—  Gospel of John ‐ 8:32


Latin Quotes

JuvenalDedicate your life to truth.

Vitam impendere vero.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

Quotes in Verse

Wallace StevensPerhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Lord ByronTis strange - but true; for Truth is always strange,
Stranger than Fiction.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Robert FrostMost of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Movie Quotes

A Few Good Men (1992)- You want answers?
- I want the truth!
- You can't handle the truth!

—  from the film A Few Good Men (1992)


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